Guest blog submitted by x___insomniac
What is beauty?
I was once debating this topic among my classmates in art class. Of course we all came up with minimal responses such as having smooth, clear skin and a thin body. I myself came up with the concept of thick lips because I thought it was inversely related to the topic of eyebrows. I personally think that thick lips symbolize youth and beauty because younger people tend to have fuller, more supple lips. As age kicks in, lips start to thin out. After all, older people invest in things such as lip plumper and collagen to have thicker lips for a younger look, right?
But after countless brain farts, my teacher finally let us in on her theories of beauty.
First, she said that one needed to have a symmetrical face. Second, the face has to be proportional — the golden ratio being 1:1.61803. I’m not going to delve into too much detail about how that figure came up. But you can Google or Wikipedia it.
Who would have thought the possible answers to the definition of beauty was math related! Symmetry? Proportion?
I guess this is somewhat logical. I mean it wouldn’t look too beautiful if a girl had her right eye bigger than her left in terms of symmetry. But hey, look at Angelina Jolie. Her face is pretty damn symmetrical if you ask me. And look at those full lips! The epitome of beauty (although she is not the epitome of people, ahem, ‘ home wrecker ‘ of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s relationship).
But if something needs to be symmetric in order to be beautiful, then how come one-sided dimples are considered a beautiful trait? Is it because it’s rare to have a one-sided dimple as opposed to a symmetrical pair?
Can beauty also come down to rarity?
Is this what makes a diamond so beautiful? Is it because of its net worth and its rarity?
Cubic zirconia looks just like a diamond, but it’s not considered as beautiful. Why? Is it because it’s something so common?
So my question is, does beauty really boil down to mathematics and or how rare something is? What is your definition of beauty?